Exclusion zone at Gladstone as chemicals leak from a container

Exclusion zone at Gladstone as chemicals leak from a container

An industrial site in central Queensland was evacuated this morning as emergency crews tried to determine the cause of a chemical leak.

A 100 sq m exclusion zone was set up at the port at Gladstone while scientific officers inspected a shipping container that was reported leaking at 6.45am this morning.

This is the second chemical leak in three months at Gladstone. On June 11 chemical waste was discharged from Rio Tinto’s Queensland Alumina Limited plant.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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